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South Korean Internet celebrity Captain Lee Geun returns to China to heal his wounds and hope to return to the battlefield in Ukraine

(Reuters) – South Korean YouTuber Captain Lee Geun, who volunteered to fight in Ukraine, has returned home. He said today that he needs to be treated for his injuries, and he is going to go to Ukraine without authorization to be interviewed by the police because he is suspected of violating the state ban.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, volunteers from all over the world have poured into Ukraine to help counter what Russia calls “special military operations”.

The news that Rhee Keun, a former member of the South Korean Navy’s special forces, returned alive to South Korea from Ukraine was heavily covered by TV media.

He said at the airport: “I haven’t left the battlefield completely. I just came back to treat my injuries. I want to go back … because this war is not over and there is still a lot to do.”

Li Gen said that his cruciate ligaments in both legs were injured, but he was still able to walk.

Li Gen said that about 10 police officers were waiting for him when he got off the plane. Based on the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) epidemic prevention measures, he was required to isolate for a week, and then he would be arraigned.

“I will cooperate with the investigation,” he said.

A police spokesman could not immediately comment, while a military spokesman confirmed that Lee had served in the South Korean Navy’s special forces.

Captain Lee Gun posted photos and videos of him in Ukraine on social media.

Shortly after Captain Lee Geun traveled to Ukraine, South Korea’s foreign ministry charged police in mid-March for violating passport laws.

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The South Korean government raised the travel warning level for Ukraine to level 4 on February 24. South Korean citizens must obtain an exception from the government before they can visit or stay there, which is equivalent to prohibiting Chinese people from traveling to Ukraine, but Captain Lee Gun and others did not. If you go there through legal channels, you will face up to one year in prison or a fine of 10 million won (about NT$250,000) after returning to China.

Captain Ligen claimed that the Ukrainian side was willing to offer him citizenship and even to give him land, but he had already refused. “I don’t think it’s right to accept citizenship in order to avoid fines or lawsuits.” Central News Agency (translation)

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